Summer is full of fun activities – but it’s important to stay safe, especially outside. Follow these tips from Richard Samuel, MD, with Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care, for a healthy summer.

Beat the heat.

Stay hydrated and limit your sun exposure to lessen the chance of a heat-related illness. Use sunscreen with a broad spectrum sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher, wear hats and other protective clothing, and be sure to follow the 8 x 8 rule: drink at least 8 ounces of water, eight times a day.

Look for ticks.

Certain ticks, like the deer tick, can transmit Lyme disease, which can cause a rash, flu-like symptoms and, in some cases, neurological problems. Wear insect repellent, long sleeves and pants when in wooded or grassy areas. If you notice a bull’s-eye rash or flu-like symptoms, visit your doctor or urgent care.

Watch out for poison ivy.

Avoid coming in contact with plants and shrubs while hiking or playing. If clothing or skin has contact with a questionable plant, wash the area immediately to avoid spreading any poisonous oil. If you notice an itchy, uncomfortable rash after touching a plant or shrub, be sure to visit your doctor or urgent care center.

Avoid your allergens.

Seasonal allergies can cause an array of issues, from sinus congestion to skin rashes. To prevent these ailments, stay away from your known allergens, like grass, and avoid exposure to high amounts of pollen. Shower after playing outside and change the air filters in your home and car often.

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